Messina

Boat with 169 migrants escorted to Reggio Calabria

Migrants say they are Afghans

Boat with 169 migrants escorted to Reggio Calabria

Messina, November 5 - Italian police intercepted a fishing boat with 169 migrants on board near Capo dell'Armi, a point on Italy's southeastern tip, and escorted it to the city of Reggio Calabria during the night between Sunday and Monday. Twenty-five women and 33 children were among the passengers. Most of the migrants, who said that they were Afghans and that they had departed from Istanbul three days ago, have been taken to a reception centre. Police have detained around 10 of them and are trying to establish who the migrant traffickers are. An aero-naval division of the Guardia di Finanza police force spotted the boat, which was flying a Greek flag, about 140 miles southeast of Capo Passero, near Siracusa, in Sicily. The police watched and waited until boat entered territorial waters before intercepting it.

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